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Dear little cellist,

In this e-letter we're going to tell you how to make a Cello Practice Fortune Teller.

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1. Fold and cut an A4 piece of paper like this to make a square piece of paper (unfold the triangle to make the square):

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2. Then fold the square diagonally from corner to corner like this:

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3. Fold each corner to the centre to make a smaller square like this:

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4. Turn the square over. Then again fold each corner to the centre to make an even smaller square.

5. Turn the square over again. Write the name of a famous cellist on each quarter of the square. (For example: Casals, du Pre, Rostropovich, Tortelier.)

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6. Turn the square over again. Write the name of a composer on each triangle.

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7. Open out each flap and write a message behind each composer. (For example: 'Keep practising and you will be a great cellist'; 'Practise the A major scale'; Practise a tricky bit 5 times'; 'Do some sight-reading'; 'Try to play your piece by heart'; 'If you keep practising you will suddenly find you can do something you couldn't do before!'; 'Sing the piece you are working on '; 'Practise a tricky bit very slowly'.)

OR your fortune teller could be for practising scales and arpeggios (Example messages: 'Play the scale with two notes to a bow', 'Try to play the scale with one octave to a bow', 'Play two octaves of the scale', 'Play three octaves of the scale', 'Play the scale to an invented rhythm' )

OR you could write out the scales or pieces you need to practise on the triangles of the fortune teller and let your fortune teller choose for you.

8. Now to use your fortune teller! Put your thumb and forefinger of both hands into the fortune teller.

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Ask someone to choose a cellist. If they choose Casals spell out C-A-S-A-L-S, opening and closing the fortune teller with each letter. Then ask them to choose a composer. Again spell out the composer's name opening and closing the fortune teller. (Hint: if your Mum starts to look impatient, tell her it's good for your spelling.) Finally ask them to choose another composer. This time open the flap and read the message.

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